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Tree Cross Section Cells

How you cut a burl affects the figure. If you cut in a plane parallel to the tree surface, you'll get bull's-eye figure (left). Cut perpendicular to the tree surface and you'll get radial figure (right). Looking almost like a cross-section of a blood cell, this blank displays the large eyes interwoven with highly figured wood that are common in root trunk burls. How you cut a burl affects the figure. If you cut in a plane parallel to the tree surface, you'll get bull's-eye figure (left). Cut...

Keep The Old Ways Alive

Homemade Jig Poles For Fishing

American Woodworker invited bodgcr Don Wcbcr to demonstrate his wooden spring-pole lathe at our booth at the huge Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair in Anaheim, California. Don set up his lathe and his shaving horse in a huge convention hall filled with gleaming new edge banders and state-of-the art computer-controlled machinery. He split out a billet with his hatchet, shaved off the corners with his drawknifc, chucked it up in the lathe, and started to turn. First one, then two,...

In The Works

CMT, the well-known manufacturer of router bits and saw blades, will start selling a comprehensive line of replacement jointer and planer knives through the mail this summer. The company will offer standard knives in 18 sizes up to 20 in. long, in both highspeed-steel and new carbide-tipped versions. CMT will also furnish hard-to-find, carbide-tipped and a few solid carbide specialty knives for hand-held portable planers, bcnchtop portable planers and small bcnchtop jointers. The knives will be...

Joint Detail

Length of taper should be three times thickness of blade. Grind ends of blade to taper to make scarf joint. contains 50 percent silver, 2 percent nickel. 28 percent zinc and 20 percent copper. After the joint has cooled, you can grind it lightly to remove any irregularities. To check the strength of your joint, flex the blade to the circumference of your saw wheel. If it passes this test, remount it on your saw and tension it slowly. For safety's sake, you may wish to run a silver-soldered...

Woodwobking Quiz Answers

The prizewinners from last issue's woodworking quiz are Richard Holmquist of White River Junction. VT. first place 100 Sharon Martin Howell of Oklahoma City, OK. second place 50 and Jeff Brooks of Springfield. IL, third placo 25 . Bolow arc tho quostions and tho correct answers. 1. If you were hand-planing the surface of this board along its length, which way would you push the plane This is our trick question. Reading the rising edge grain, it's clear the board must be planed right to left....

Free Stack Laminated Bowl Designs

Woodworking Joints List

Rude Osolnik Shows How to Make Bowls From Bandsawn Rings There aren't many woodturners I'd travel 3,000 miles to visit, but when AW offered me a chance to work with Rude Osolnik, it didn't take a lot of arm-twisting to get me moving. For the record, Rude pronounced Rudy is probably one of the three top woodturners in the U.S. To avoid disputes, I'll let you decide who the other two are. His work is in museums throughout the world and even reached Buckingham Palace when Eleanor Roosevelt...

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Shaft Driven Sander

Evolved from the dual-action pneumatic sanders that auto body shops have used for years. Like those auto body sanders. these electric models combine rotary and orbital action in a random, non-repeating way so sanding scratches cancel each other out, making them much less notice able. Hv contrast, orbital sanders or disc sanders constantly repeat the same motion, creating swirl marks. Random-orbit sanders accomplish their dual motion by allowing the sanding pad to rotate freely on a shaft that's...

Flattening And Thicknessing By Hand

Edge Jointing With Thickness Planer

With the stock wedged to prevent rocking and secured between bench dogs, author flattens one side of a rough board. With the stock wedged to prevent rocking and secured between bench dogs, author flattens one side of a rough board. Apart from stubbornness, there are some sound reasons for hand-planing a board flat and to a desired thickness. Not having a jointer or planer is, of course, the most obvious. But sometimes your stock may be too wide for your jointer, or too thick for the planer....

Photo By Ailv Smith

This allows the protruding component to expand and contract at a different rate from the part to which it's attached, without visual defects like unsightly recesses or sharp ridges at the face of the joint. 'Ihis is particularly effective when you're using plywood for case sides in combination with solid stock for shelves. You can also use the protruding technique when attaching end braces, or breadboards, to the end-grain edges of boards. For instance, in the lead photo the...

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Joinery

Decorative Wooden Structural Bridges

Emphasizing your joints can add visual interest to a piece. Here, furniture maker Jeff Lohr of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, extends the couch's breadboard ends beyond the arms and bridges the offset with ebony splines to accent the joint. During the years I've been designing and building furniture, I've learned certain techniques that emphasize the look of my joinery rather than subduing its appearance or hiding it entirely. My tricks include offsetting joined surfaces, applying moldings over...

Origins Of New Mexican Style

Mexican Style Furniture

Four Centuries of Tradition in the Land of Enchantment The romance of the New Mexican style, now caricatured around the world in everything from faux adobe homes to howling pink coyotes, is most authentically captured in the unique furniture of northern New Mexico. New Mexican style has been over 400 years in the making. It has been influenced by the earliest Spanish conquistadors, the struggling Hispanic settlers, the conquering Yankees, and in this century by the influx of tourists, artists,...

Visit With Roberto Lavadie

Roundabout Santa Patterns

My major influences ore the culture was born into and my desire to preserve it through building furniture. Traditional rosettes and hand-forged hinges adorn this dovetailed pine jewelry box. Lavadie used a pattern knife to outline the curved vines on this chest of drawers before carving out the background with a gouge. Roberto Lavadie, a lifelong resident of Taos, is one of the master New Mexican furniture makers active today. His designs are adapted from traditional forms and motifs of the...

Rightangle Sanders

Porter-Cable 7334 Fein MSI 636-1 Milwaukee 6127 Porter-Cable 7334 Fein MSI 636-1 Milwaukee 6127 Random-orbit sanders collect dust in four ways left to right, top to bottom through dust canisters, as on Porter-Cable 333 dust boxes, as on Sears 11604 dust bags, as on AEG TXE 150 and central dust collection via a hose, as shown on Milwaukee 6127. Central collection is most effective. Random-orbit sanders collect dust in four ways left to right, top to bottom through dust canisters, as on...

Kits Convert Grinder To Sander

Random Orbit Convert

For a moderate price, you can convert your right-angle grinder into a random-orbit sander by installing one of these conversion kits. For a moderate price, you can convert your right-angle grinder into a random-orbit sander by installing one of these conversion kits. If you're looking for a less expensive way to get into random-orbit sanding and you already own a 41 or 5-in. right-angle grinder, you can buy an aftermarket random-orbit sander head, thread it on the grinder's spindle and go to...

Carcase Corner

Brad Schwartz

Shadow smooths transition from frame to panel. Shadow at joint line disguises uneven wood movement between assemblies. Chamfer back of face frame and case side before assembly to create V-groove. Extend decorative spline past edge of assembly. Chamfer top and breadboard end before assembly to create V-groove, A variation on the cogging technique Here, Joel Evett and Roberta Boylen of Belmont, Massachusetts, juxtapose curved rings with straight-sided legs at the leg-to-rail joints on their Fish...